Potter Rocks in Vegas, Still Misses the Cut
Saturday, October 10, 2020

    After posting a so-so even-par 71 on Thursday, Ted Potter made a valiant effort to make the cut at the Shriners Hospital for Children Championship yesterday with a sharp 6-under-par 65, but it turned out to be one stroke short of the cut line.

    At the close of Thursday's play, the cut line was sitting at 3 under par. But the birdies were flying Friday and as Ted kept moving up the leaderboard, so did everybody else. By the end of the day, 66 players finished at 7 under, and 14 players at 6 under had to pack up and head home.  

    There's a five-way deadlock at the top at 14 under among Martin Laird, Patrick Cantlay, Brian Harman, Peter Malnati and Austin Cook as the field tore up the TPC Summerlin course in Las Vegas. The purse is $7 million and Kevin Na is the defending champ - he earned $1,260,000 last year.

    The first-round leader, Bryson DeChambeau (62) added a 67 and is one stroke behind. Resurgent Sergio Garcia, winner of the Sanderson Farms last week, shot 66-64 and is two strokes back.      

    Ted began his round like a meteor, making an eagle 2 on the par-4 first hole and adding a birdie on No. 2. For the time being, he was right on the early cut line. He had been tied for 123rd after round 1, and now moved up to a tie for 59th. After taking bogey on No. 3, Ted birdied 7, then closed out with a birdie on 9 after a 96 foot, 9-inch pitch wound up just 23 inches from the hole. He was now 4 under, and that's where the cut line had moved at the time.

    On the back, Ted made three 3 birdies and a bogey for a 31-34-65, and was in a tie for 47th. All he needed was for the cut line not to pass 6 under, but it was not to be. 

    Gators: Brian Gay (69-68, -5) and Camilo Villegas (66-72, -4) both missed the cut. 

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